First impression - as the taxi cruised smoothly down the Airport Road I was amazed by the clean, well organised roads lined with working street lights and green palm trees swaying in the early dawn breeze.
Aerial view of the Khalidya area, near the Sheraton Hotel. The turquoise sea looked calm and beautiful.
Its right-hand drive there. The traffic runs without jams - the signals are all working and the car drivers have to follow strict laws. Hidden CC cameras can catch culprits immediately!
I felt lucky and humbled to get an opportunity to pray in one of the most magnificent combinations of marble, craftsmanship and faith in the form of The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi.
At the entrance is a huge notice to remind people of the etiquette needed when entering the mosque. All visitors, regardless of colour, creed or religion are allowed in but they have to be in proper dress code. Women may be given 'abayas' to cover the whole body.
We were provided with head-phones and 'tablets' that had video guided information on the history and the touring of the mosque.
Entrance fountains at Khalidiya Mall. There are more than 50 malls in the city but this one seemed to be the most frequented as it had stores like the famous 'Lulu'.
Marina Mall on the Marine Drive - colossal building with several floors housing famous 'brands' from around the world.
There are small outlets like Choitram, Wear Mart and this Toy shop. Super Man, still a hot favourite of children and adults!
Difficult choices - there are so many eating outlets, food courts - with cuisines from all over the world - chinese, english, american, indian, lebanese etc.
The Madinat Zayed Mall - huge departmental stores on every floor with escalators, restaurants, and ice-cream parlours
The Cafe Arabia - a quaint restaurant on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi. It had traditional, delicious arabian food, the menu of which was stuck onto old fashioned hand fans. The decor and the paintings were lovely.
Steps to 'The Emirates Palace', an imposing building that is a 7 star hotel. Even the attendants here are dressed in 'silk' outfits.
Walking down the carpetted corridor to a restaurant in the Palace - you could spend your day's salary on a cup of tea here! So just enjoy the ambience!
Abu Dhabi, Dubai 2015